Dimapur, December 27: The Catholic Youth Association Jakhama ( CYAJ ) celebrated it’s golden jubilee Eucharist on the theme, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God , ” ( 1 Peter 4:10 ) on December 23 last . Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, the bishop of Kohima Diocese presided over the Holy Mass as the main celebrant with Rev. Fr. Charles D’Souza and Rev. Fr. Arul SJ as the concelebrant priests at Mary Help of Christians Church here in Jakhama .
In his homily, Dr. James said jubilee is a time for renewal, reparation, restoration and rededication . ” Renewal comes only with repentance and repentance leads to renewal and rededication, ” he said .
The bishop of Kohima Diocese also said, ” the word, ‘catholic means’ universal and universality is the character of the true Church . ” Reminding the congregation that without belittling or depreciating one’s tradition and identity, Christians must go beyond the limited and closed up world of tribe, creed or cast .
He also stated that jubilee is a time to embrace the future with hope and a grateful remembrance of the past must lead one to live the present with greater commitment and fidelity .
The bishop also stated that the Gospel is the absolute rule and every other rule meant to be an expression of the Gospel and as a means of living the principles of Christian faith to the full . Therefore, ” living the Gospel means to be interiorly united with Christ and Christ permeating every fibre of our being, ” he said .
In his sermon, Dr. James also recounted how politicians manipulate facts and misuse public office for their vested interest and said the mission of the ” Disciples of Christ is challenging ” . ” We are called upon to challenge the political ideologies that seek only the materialistic welfare of the majority who have voted for them , ” he told .
The bishop further reminded the gathering to celebrate the golden jubilee of their faith as an occasion to commit one’s life to the faith as one have received without paying . ” Let us live it without being paid in its fullness and leave a legacy that will last forever, ” he concluded .
Meanwhile, former CYAJ presidents from 1968 to the present president lit the jubilee candles and a minute silence was observed in honour and remembrance of the departed souls of the parish before the Eucharist commenced. (Page News Service)